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PA Minister of Religious Affairs: Cave of the Patriarchs is purely Islamic

Headline: "Ida'is: The Ibrahimi Mosque is an Islamic Waqf, and the Israeli presence will not change that"
"[PA] Minister of Religious Affairs Yusuf Ida’is said that the Ibrahimi Mosques (i.e., the Cave of the Patriarchs) is a pure Islamic Waqf (i.e., an inalienable religious endowment in Islamic law) and the Israeli presence in it will not change that. He stated in a press release: 'Despite attempted coercion that the mosque has been experiencing for the last 21 years, through its illegal division a short time after the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, it will remain a symbol of the Arab and Islamic presence in Palestine.'"

Cave of the Patriarchs massacre - On Feb. 25, 1994, Baruch Goldstein, a member of an Israeli far-right movement, opened fire on Muslims praying inside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, known to Muslims as the "Ibrahimi Mosque," killing 29 and wounding 125. Following the attack, which was widely condemned by Israeli leaders and Jewish communities abroad, the Israeli government took concrete steps to prevent similar attacks from occurring by dividing the area of worship into Muslim and Jewish sections and designating several extremist movements, including Goldstein’s, as illegal terrorist groups.